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There are so many trains of thought when it comes to gardening. It’s very easy to “geek out” over very little things when it comes to your garden.
One of the ideas almost all gardeners wrestle with is the greenhouse or the hoop house over colder months. Some people allow their gardens to go dormant while others are growing food the whole year round. It’s a matter of personal preference.
The reality is, shade cloth and hoop houses can be more helpful than you think, all year long.
Shade Cloth in the Summer
You might think of shade cloth and hoop houses as things for winter only you’d be wrong.
When the sun is raining down heat like the gates of hell, shade cloth can actually protect your plants. We look at things like tomatoes as summer plants that should be able to soak up all the sun but when you get days of clear skies and mid 90’s your plants are struggling just like you are.
Simple shade cloth and plenty of watering can give them a better chance of being at their best in these hot temperatures.
Growing in the Winter
Shorter colder days make for limited growth in the winter. The best way to combat that is to create a heated environment. Of course, you want to give your garden a head start when ti comes to growing all through the winter.
Hoop houses can play a huge roll in this. So long as you start your plants in the summer. Starting things like Brussels, cabbage, broccoli, and kale in the mid-summer will have the strong and ready to survive the long winter.
Integrate these two great gardening tools into your repertoire this year and you will find new uses and benefits for the shade cloth and maybe even a new hoop house.